EVENTS AT SEA
"All the Things that Can Go Wrong On A Cruise"


2014



The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2013, including cruise ship accidents.  It is based on media reports, passenger reports posted at on-line boards and discussion groups, and reports sent to Cruise Junkie. In reviewing the information, please keep in mind that some cruise lines are given less scrutiny by the media than others, and it is not uncommon for events to not appear in the media.  This information reflects only that which has made it into the public domain.

Pollution and Environmental Violations and Fines

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THE Comprehensive list of Persons Overboard, 1995 - 2014

Events at Sea Broken Down by Cruise Line and by Ship


Events at Sea Involving Ferries


Crewz Viewz -- Information for and from crew members
 

Safety Watch -- Passenger-Documented Safety Issues

Reported Cruise Industry Spending on Lobbying the US Congress, 1997-2012 (pdf)

Analysis of Reports of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault on cruise ships: Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises

Analysis of FBI Crime Data from Ships,
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ct 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008

 My Dream Is Shattered and My Attacker Goes Free -- Sexual Assault on NCL America

Sexual Assaults at Sea, 2009 - 2012 (Only those publicly reported)

Report of Investigation into the Fire Onboard the Carnival Splendor which Occurred in the Pacific Ocean Off the Coast of Mexico on November 8, 2010, which Resulted in Complete Loss of Power

Getting a Grip on Cruise Ship Pollution - Summary
Getting a Grip On Cruise Ship Pollution - Full Report
(A report by CruiseJunkie from Friends of the Earth)

Poorly Cleaned Public Cruise Ship Restrooms May Predict Norovirus Outbreaks

Two Useful Resources from Judge Thomas A Dickerson:

Cruise Passengers' Rights and Remedies

Travel Abroad, Sue at Home

Travel Law 2013: Summer Travel Tips

Travel Accidents Abroad 2013:Avoiding Dangerous Vacations

Cruise Junkie's Testimony Before the US Senate Committee on Commer, Science, and Technology, July 24, 2013

Essay by CruiseJunkie: Treacherous Waters: The Latest Bad Publicity for the Global Cruise Industry is Just the Tip of the Iceberg, from Foreign Policy Online



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Date
Ship
Cruise Line
Event
Type of Incident
April 18 Carnival Miracle
Carnival Cruise Lines
USA Today reports has had to slow its maximum speed from 21 knots to 18 to 20 knots, depending on wind and sea conditions, due to what it is calling a "technical issue." Carnival says all safety and hotel systems on the ship are operating normally, but the slower speed will force changes to more than a dozen of the vessel's upcoming Alaska and Hawaii sailings -- 15 port calls to Ketchikan have been canceled and many port calls to Skagway have also been canceled. A repair to fix the problem won't be done until the Carnival Miracle enters a drydock in early 2015 for previously scheduled maintenance, the line says. In a post on his Facebook page, Carnival senior cruise director John Heald says the company considered sending the ship to a drydock immediately for repairs but concluded that would disrupt the vacations of too many customers as it would have resulted in entire cruises being canceled. Executives decided to keep the ship in service operating modified itineraries "primarily to avoid the cancellation of Alaska vacations for thousands of our guests, and that may have included your cruise," NOTE:The company would prefer to inconvenience people with changed itineraries and not delivering what was promised when booked, then inconveniencing itself by losing money by canceling cruises and putting the ship in drydock to fix a problem. As the cruise line would say, "they are altering itineraries and varying the product for the convenience of their passengers." Propulsion problems
April 17 Independence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: I am on the April 12 sailing and there is a noro outbreak. Only numbers I have heard was 30 cases two days ago and 10 yesterday by noon. Apparently it was bad yesterday afternoon and evening. Buffet is no longer self serve. Captain and CD repeatedly tell everyone to wash their hands and sanitize. Purrell stands everywhere. ?Illness?
April 17 Carnival Victory
Carnival Cruise Lines
KeysInfoNet reports Matthew Brennecke, 38, of Cuday, Wis., was booted from the ship while it was in port Friday. Stephanie Bunzel, 40, of Milwaukee was allowed to stay on the vessel and continue the journey to Mexico. Apparently the couple was on a trip to celebrate Bunzel's birthday, which was Thursday. Key West police say the tussle started at a Best Western hotel in Miami because Brennecke was upset about being late for a shuttle to the ship. Then it became a case of he said, she said. Bunzel told Key West police officer Derek Wallis that Brennecke threw a drink at her and pushed her, and said she only got on the shuttle because Brennecke had her luggage. Brennecke told Wallis there was no physical confrontation, only an argument, except that Bunzel had burned him on his arm with a cigarette and that she had "lost her mind." He said he never touched Bunzel, and Wallis found no signs of an altercation in their stateroom, even though Bunzel told the officer Brennecke tried to put a pillow over her face. She ran off and found a security officer, who called police. Man evicted
April 16 Enchantment and Adventure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Tribune (Bahamas) reports five poassengers have been arrested and fined, four for possession of a small amount of marijuana; one for a small amount of cocaine. In most cases the drugs were brought onboard when the passengers joined the shop, and they were arrested after police were invited onboard by the cruise line. Acccording to the news report, a 28 year old man was arrested with 1 gram of pot, a 27 year old was caught with 2 grams of pot, a 37 year old man was arrested with 2 grams of cocaine, a 61 year old was caught with 5 grams of pot, and a 60 year old woman was arrested with 5 grams of pot. Each was fined(collectively $3100) and released. Drug busts x 5
April 16 MV Sewol Korean ferrry BBC reports almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea. The ferry (built in 1994), carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, in the north-west, to the southern resort island of Jeju. Emergency teams are using floodlights and flares to search the stricken vessel through the night. Those rescued have been taken to a nearby island. Four people are now said to have died and dozens of others have been hurt. South Korean officials had earlier said that 368 people had been plucked to safety, but later said there had been a counting error. They have now revised down the number rescued to 174. Images showed the ferry listing at a severe angle and then later almost completely submerged, with only a small part of its hull visible. It sank within two hours of sending a distress signal, reports said. There are fears this could turn out to be South Korea's biggest maritime disaster for more than 20 years. It is not yet clear what caused the incident, but witnesses described hearing an impact, before the ship listed and quickly sank. One passenger told the YTN news channel: "We heard a big thumping sound and the boat stopped." Sunk
April 15 Marina
Oceania Cruises
Pacific Islands Report reports the ship has shortened its two-day trip to Rarotonga after finding out its that passengers and crew members would each have to pay a NZ$65 [US$56] departure tax. Oceania Cruises’ Marina had planned to arrive on Monday morning and leave today, making it one of few cruise ships to have ever stopped over for a night. Under the Departure Tax Act 2012, anyone who stops in the Cook Islands for longer than 24 hours must pay a $65 tax upon leaving the country. When informed of this law a week ago, Oceania Cruises decided to skip Monday and arrive today so its 1250-odd passengers and crew of 760 would not be liable for the tax. Matina Travel, the ship’s local agent, said it is "very disappointed" with the Revenue Management Division’s decision to charge departure tax. "What would they prefer, for us to make about $100,000 on departure tax and lose these ships coming in? The ship has said if there are too many difficulties they’re not going to come back at all," said ports operations manager Vina Manuel. It will be a big loss to the economy if cruise ship companies decide to take Rarotonga off the itinerary, she said. She said the tax should have been waived because the visitors are not staying on land. Metua Vaiimene, Cook Islands Tourism Corporation’s (CITC) Director of Destination Development, said the problem stems from a lack of communication from Matina Travel. Matina notified CITC and the relevant Government agencies only last week that the ship was coming for two days. Everyone thought the ship was arriving and leaving on the same day, April 9. "Matina Travel needs to improve its communication," Vaiimene said. If it the information had come through earlier, there may have been more time to negotiate waiving the tax, he said. Alternatively, the shipping company could have had time to look at including the departure tax in its passenger fees. Change in itinerary
April 13 Grand Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: Left on schedule from Sam Francisco at 4pm ( or so) and did not make it to the golden gate before turning around and heading back in.. do not know why... as of this moment, cruised beyond terminal. An hour later: looks like it is now headed back toward the bridge... different Delay
April 11 Empress
Pullmantur Cruises
G1 Globo reports police in Santos arrested a Honduran crewmember with almost 100 pounds of cocaine.The drug had the final destination of Europe.According to police, the ship docked at the Port of Santos at around 7am on Thursday (10) . The Federal Police conducted a routine inspection with the crew and found 333 casings of drugs packed in PVC film and packaging of coffee. They were in two bags and two travel bags. He used coffee to disguise the characteristic smell of cocaine. The crewmember said the drug would have been shipped, gradually, in three ports : Buenos Aires , Santos and Itajai.According to the Federal Police investigations continue to identify suppliers, intermediaries and buyers of drugs. Drug bust
April 11 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
CDC reports 97 of 2120 passengers (4.58%) and 8 of 808 crew (0.99%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and an epidemiologist will board the ship in Baltimore, MD on April 12, 2014 to conduct an epidemiologic investigation, environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities.The ship was on a 7 day cruise from Baltimore (2nd illness outbreak in a row). Illness
April 11 Disney Dream
Disney Cruise Line
My News 13 reports aDisney Cruise Line crew member was arrested Thursday morning and accused of molesting a teenage girl. Canaveral Port Authority Police responded to Cape Canaveral around 8 a.m. in reference to a lewd or lascivious molestation that occurred aboard the Disney Dream cruise ship while it was docked in Port Canaveral. Ahmed Sofyan, 36, of Jakarta, Indonesia, was arrested and charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and one count of false imprisonment on a 13-year-old girl. Sexual assault of child
April 11 QN3736 Vietnamese Cruise Ship Tuoitrenews reports reports a cruise ship carrying 23 people, including over a dozen foreign tourists, suddenly caught fire on Thursday morning in Ha Long Bay, located in the northern province of Quang Ninh. At the time of the fire, there were five crew members, one catering attendant, and 17 passengers, including 15 foreign tourists. However, there were no immediate reports of human casualties. Preliminary investigation found that after touring the bay on Wednesday and staying overnight, people on board ship number QN3736 headed ashore at around 10:30 am today. The flames were then detected by the boat’s crew members when it was traveling near Trong Mai Islet. The crewmen immediately sent distress signals while collaborating with other ships nearby to evacuate those onboard the fire-hit ship. After receiving the signals, local rescuers arrived at the scene and put the flames out around one hour later. Authorities in Ha Long City has confirmed the fire and said QN3736 belongs to Cuu Long Ltd. Company, a Vietnamese firm. Fire
April 10 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: Received the following from RCI - Hello, this is Royal Caribbean International. We would like to provide you with some important information regarding your Saturday, April 12th, sailing onboard Grandeur of the Seas out of the Port of Baltimore. During the ship's last sailing, a number of guests experienced a gastrointestinal illness. We will conduct enhanced sanitizing onboard the ship and within the terminal to help prevent any illness from affecting your cruise. Therefore, your check-in and boarding will be significantly delayed. Because space and seating is limited in the facility, guests will not be able to access the terminal until 3:30 PM. Check in for your cruise will now take place between 3:30 PM and 5:30 PM. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation and we look forward to welcoming you onboard. NOTE:The same email was sent to passengers last week - see April 4. ?Illness?
April 8 Crown Princess
Princess Cruises
CBS in San Francisco reports thirty-seven passengers have contracted gastrointestinal intestinal illness caused by the Norovirus, which is common but extremely contagious. The ship’s crew has stepped up sanitation procedures on the ship to prevent further spread. None of the stricken passengers left the ship after docking in San Francisco, opting to continue sailing on the seven-day coastal cruise that departed from Los Angeles. The ship is on its way to Santa Barbara. CNN reports the number of ill has increased to 66 passengers and 17 crew members. The LA Times reports there are 83 sick passengers. UPDATE April 11: CDC reports 122 of 3161 passengers (3.86%) and 30 of 1176 crew (2.55%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer will board the ship in Los Angeles, CA on April 12, 2014 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on a 7-day cruise from Los Angeles. Illness
April 8 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a reader: My Mother and Father are on the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship, they left yesterday at 4pm (4/6/14). The captain came on the overhead system today (at around 6:00pm) and announced that due to a recent shooting in Honduras they would be bypassing Honduras, where they were scheduled to go tomorrow at 10:00am. They will have a extra Sea Day instead. They said at this time they do not feel it is safe to go into Roatan and they believe that the gunman has been apprehended. Skipped port call
April 6 Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruise Law News reports it received reliable information that a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) crew member was shot and killed in Roatan, Honduras earlier today. The 27 year old Filipino crew member reportedly was from NCL's Norwegian Pearl cruise ship. The only information we received is that a Pearl crew member named "Jacob" from the Philippines was killed by a gun shot today while the Norwegian Pearl was in Roatan today. See also GMA News. Crew member shot ashore
April 5 Ruby Princess
Princess Cruises
Clawson Patch reports a lawsuit in which a Michigan man says he fell into one of the famed canals in Venice, Italy, when an excursion guide loosened his hold on one his hand while assisting him out of a gondola. The 82 year old man alleges negligence and breach of contract. His 76-year- old wife witnessed the fall and is suing for emotional distress and loss of consortium. According to the complaint, the Luks were passengers on a cruise from Citavecchia, near Rome, to Venice when they took a shore exclusion billed as an "Evening Gondola Ride with Serenade" last May 23. Princess' website touts its shore excursions as "carefully selected and provided by reputable tour operators who meet high standards of Princess," and assures passengers that their "security and comfort are of paramount importance," the suit states. The suit says that while the plaintiff was being assisted in disembarking from the gondola at the end of the excursion, the tour guide "let go of Luks' hand, causing him to fall forward on the uneven, wet surface of the canal dock stairs, striking his head and falling into the waters of the Venetian canal." Luks ingested canal water, causing him to suffer anoxia, pneumonia and an infection that left him on life support, including a respirator, for 10 days, according to his suit. Lawsuit - shore excursion
April 5 Preziosa
MSC Cruises
MediTelegraph reports the ship collided with the pier when docking at Venice. Despite the presence of two tugs and a pilot onboard, the ship was too close to the bow toward the dock consequently striking one of the finger piers (a passenger corridor that allows passengers to disembark from higher decks to the terminal building). The collision, which damaged the starboard bow of the ship, occurred on the day of the reopening of the San Marco Basin to the mega- ships. Collision with pier
April 5 Carnival Pride
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic reports three sailings have had their itineraries cut short by one port to account for an electrical transformer malfunction. According to Carnival PR frontman Vance Gulliksen, the glitch means the ship must sail more slowly than usual, so scheduled calls on Freeport have been scrapped on the ship's current sailing, as well as on its voyages departing April 6 and 13, to make up for lost time. Passengers on the current voyage, which departed on March 30, were each given $50 in onboard credit and 25 percent off a future cruise. On the April 6 voyage, Freeport will be replaced with a call on Charleston, but calls on Port Canaveral and Nassau will remain as scheduled. Passengers will be offered 25 percent off a future cruise, or they have the option to cancel their bookings pre-cruise for a full refund. The April 13 voyage will call only on Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay, with no substitute for the missed call on Freeport. Passengers on that sailing have the choice of cancelling for a full refund pre-cruise or opting for $50 per person in onboard credit and 25 percent off a future sailing. Electrical transformer malfunction - itinerary changes
April 5 Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
Courier Mail reports a night of “pole dancing” on a cruise ship has ended in a $330,000 court battle for a Gold Coast woman after she injured her arm. She lodged a claim in the Southport District Court against P&O Cruises and its parent company, Carnival, for $329,251. In the statement of claim, it is alleged a group of women were “swinging and/or pole dancing” next to a swimming pool on P&O’s Pacific Dawn on February 8, 2012, uninhibited by staff. About 11pm she also swung around the pole – but with painful consequences. “One of the hooks on the pole penetrated the skin on the plaintiff’s right arm,” court documents say. The extent of the injury is not disclosed, but scarring and psychological consequences are alleged. A Carnival spokesman said it would defend the claim. Lawsuit
April 5 Oceana
P&O Cruises
The Daily Echo reports the ship will have to spend an additional three days in Barcelona as the vessel undergoes emergency repairs. In a letter to passengers, the company said the ship has developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft. It means calls to Alghero, Cartagena and La Courna have been replaced with an extended stay in Barcelona. The company says sustomers will receive a 25 per cent cash refund. Propulsion problems - Stuck in Barcelona for 3 days
April 4 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
Travel Weekly reports a settlement of £42,500 has been reached with 26 cruise passengers affected by norovirus. Outbreaks hit six separate cruises on board the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ship Boudicca between November 2009 and April 2010, including the Christmas period. Many elderly passengers were on board during the outbreaks which led to severe symptoms including sickness, diarrhoea, and stomach cramps. Fred Olsen agreed to the £42,500 settlement without accepting responsibility for the outbreaks of norovirus. Lawsuit settled
April 4 Magnifica
MSC Cruises
BBC reports Brazilian police say they have rescued 11 crew members working in "slave-like conditions" on an Italian cruise ship. The operation was carried out the north-eastern city of Salvador, where the MSC Magnifica had docked for the day with more than 3,000 passengers. Brazilian officials say the 11 crew members were forced to work up to 16 hours a day. Some were alleged to have been victims of sexual harassment. Italian cruise operator MSC Crociere has adamantly rejected the allegations Brazilian Federal Police officers boarded the ship on Tuesday, before it departed for the city of Recife, on its way back to Europe. But the operation has only now been made public. It comes at the end of a month-long investigation, following a tip-off from crew members on the MSC Magnifica. The labour ministry identified 13 staff who had allegedly been submitted to slave-like conditions. Two of them refused to leave the vessel and decided to carry on working, while the other 11 were taken to a hotel in Salvador. Their nationalities have not been released. "The fact that they had signed a contract, even an international contract, does not mean that the basic human rights should not be respected," Labour Ministry director Alexandre Lyra told Folha de Sao Paulo. This was first reported by Blog do Sakamoto. Labour issues - workers rescued
April 4 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: Just received this e-mail from Royal Caribbean about a cruise I was to take tomorrow: Hello, this is Royal Caribbean International. We would like to provide you with some important information regarding your Saturday, April 5th, sailing onboard Grandeur of the Seas out of the Port of Baltimore. During the ship's last sailing, a number of guests experienced a gastrointestinal illness. We will conduct enhanced sanitizing onboard the ship and within the terminal to help prevent any illness from affecting your cruise. Therefore, your check-in and boarding will be delayed. Because space and seating in the terminal is limited, we ask that you not arrive to the port before 2:00 PM. Check in will take place between 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM. CDC reports 111 of 2122 passengers (5.23%) and 6 of 790 crew (0.76%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship was on a 7 day cruise from Baltimore. Illness outbreak
April 3 Unknown 7 News Beize reports two cruise tourists and their driver were involved in a serious collision within Belize City limits this afternoon. The collision happened at around 2:30 at mile three and a half on the Western Highway - right at the spot where a new speed bump was installed just last week. The circumstances of the accident are unknown but it seems two mini-vans collided at the speedbump and the impact sent the gold van spinning across the highway, causing it to violently flip. The tourists were taken to a private hospital for treatment, while the condition of the driver is not known. Pax injured ashore
April 2 Independence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
CNN reports two men tragically lost their lives in an accident on St.Kitts . Reports are that the two men apparently were assisting with the unberthing process of the cruise vessel when it overturned while the ship was pulling out of port. Eyewitnesses the ship may have pulled out before the men had enough time to clear the berthing area. As a result the sea currents created by the massive cruise liner may have caused the smaller berting boat to capsize and the men were apparently sucked below water by the current and drowned. A member of the crew on the ship said “The small boat was capsized when our rear azipods pushed us away from the dock. The two men where thrown overboard and never resurfaced, only one had on a life vest, the other man's life vest came off when he was thrown into the water. The capsized boat was then pushed into the back of the Silhouette. All of this viewed from my aft balcony, kinda puts a damper on an otherwise wonderful cruise. Very sad for the families of these two men.” Two dead in unberthing accident
April 1 Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
San Francisco Examiner reports rough conditions knocked a cruise ship off its moors while docked in the Port of San Francisco during a powerful storm moving through the Bay Area Monday. Port officials responded to a call shortly after 1 p.m. that the Queen Victoria cruise ship was coming off its moorings and listing towards the Bay. Lines holding the vessel to the berth snapped, causing cleating to pull away from the ship. A person who worked along the water said that the 6,000 pound gangplanks had to be put back in place. Passengers were eventually allowed to board the ship. Blown from moorings
April 1 Royal Princess
Princess Cruises
Cruise Fever reports several power outages over the past 24 hours have caused delays. The ship is now expected to arrive in St Thomas on April 2 at 12:00 p.m., 4 hours later than originally scheduled. The cruise ship began having power issues on March 31 when the power went out at 8:10 a.m. as the ship was in route to Princess Cays. Emergency lights came on but the ship was without propulsion and basic hotel functions (running water etc). Power was restored to the ship within 15 minutes but the outage caused the ship to arrive later than scheduled into Princess Cays. The power problems continued into the night as the ship experienced 2 more short outages at 1:15 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on April 1. Captain Draper said that these two outages were unrelated to the first one and were caused by a generator problem. Due to the outages, basic hotel functions and the ship’s propulsion were affected. This caused the ship to sail at a reduced speed of 15 knots. The ship is currently on a 7 night cruise to the Eastern Caribbean out of Ft. Lauderdale with stops in the ports of Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Loss of power / propulsion problems
March 31 Ship unknown
Grimaldi Lines
Gazetta del Sud reports a 15-year-old high school student from the southern Italian city of Catania died Sunday night when he went overboard from a cruise ship docked at the Spanish city of Barcelona. He was participating in Amare Leggere (Loving to Read), a floating literature festival for kids organized in collaboration with Italy's National Association of School Principals, the Italian Cultural Institute, and Italian House in Barcelona. School authorities alerted the boy's parents, who left for Spain on Monday. "The tragedy happened overnight, while the ship was docked", deputy principal Maria Teresa Rizzo explained. She described the victim as "a totally normal kid". Overboard
March 30 Carnival Miracle
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: I was on the Carnival Miracle's 22 March sailing, a 7 day Mexican Riviera. On Monday, 23 March at around 4 p.m., the ship changed course and went back north in the direction we came. At around 4:30 p.m., the cruise director made an announcement that one of our fellow guests needed urgent medical care, but there was no indication of where exactly we were going. At around 8:30 p.m., it was announced that we would be meeting with a coast guard helicopter, which would hoist up the guest and take him to San Diego. 230 miles sound of San Diego, at around 10:30 p.m., we rendezvoused with the coast guard helicopter, and the guest was taken from the ship. At which point we turned back around and made our way south again, nearly at full speed. Regarding itinerary, we were about 4 1/2 hours late to our first port of Puerto Vallarta (scheduled for 12:00 noon, arrived around 4:30). It was an overnight call, though, and our following day was extended to a 4:00 p.m. departure instead of the scheduled 3:00 p.m. No compensation of any kind was given to guests, but the overall mood on the ship was a steady, carefree one. And I didn't talk to anyone who was angry about the delay. Delay
March 29 Carnival Ecstasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
Bay News 9 reports the ship's itinerary was modified fom a stop in Cozumenl to a stop in Bahama's. According to the company, the itinerary had to be modified based on the amount of time it took for the rescue of Cuban refugees adrift at sea. "When it comes to assisting individuals stranded at sea, conducting rescue operations and potentially saving lives takes precedence over maintaining a scheduled itinerary. Passengers were not happy with the change (see News 13). Change of itinerary
March 28 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
ABC 27 reports a rogue wave had hit the ship, causing the top deck to collapse, as it approached on its return to Baltimore. According to a passenger, "The captain came on and said we were averaging 20 foot waves. This is the very high winds that are coming from the Nor'easter which is ahead of us. But the wind is still blowing down here and around Cape Hatteras is really bad any way." Rogue wave
March 27 Adventure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Travel Weekly reports the ship finally departed San Juan on Wednesday morning on an abbreviated Caribbean itinerary to Antigua, St. Lucia and St. Croix. The ship was stuck in port while propellers were replaced. It had been scheduled to depart on Sunday on a seven-day cruise, its final one before going into a scheduled drydock for maintenance. But the ship encountered a repeat of propulsion issues that interrupted its previous cruise, when an oil leak was discovered while docked in St. Kitts. The ship skipped calls in Aruba, Curacao and St. Croix, and arrived in San Juan behind schedule. Passengers waited in long lines at the cruise pier in San Juan on March 23 to board the ship. A number of them turned to Facebook and Twitter to complain about a lack of information, water and food from Royal Caribbean during the wait. Regarding the three days in port, a Royal Caribbean spokesperson said, "The removal of propeller blades has taken a lot longer than expected, and this has been because of a number of technical challenges. Since Sunday, divers have been removing the 32 bolts attached to the four propeller blades. It has proven extremely difficult to remove these bolts." Delayed departure (3 days)
March 27 Infinity
Celebrity Cruises
The Telegraph reports a cruiseship dancer who claims she was dropped by her “incompetent” partner while she was in the splits position is suing her former employer for negligence. Jessica Holman, 23, dreamed of starring in the West End but her hopes were shattered after 14 years of training when the fall left her with a severely damaged hip socket. Lawyers claim dance leaders at Celebrity Cruises knew Miss Holman’s partner was not “seaworthy”, and her injury could have been prevented if he had been pulled from the shows. The holiday company deny any wrongdoing over the incident, which occurred on the second day of a South American cruise tour in October 2010. After the fall, Miss Holman said she was given no painkillers or ice to treat her hip. She also claims the doctor on board the ship repeatedly sent her out to dance, delaying treatment and exacerbating her injury. Lawsuit
March 27 Disney Wonder
Disney Cruise Line
BBC reports the parents of a British woman who went missing at sea from a Disney cruise ship are suing the company for $75,000 (£45,000). Crew member Rebecca Coriam, 24, went missing from the Disney Wonder, off the coast of Mexico, three years ago. Her parents Mike and Ann Coriam from Chester have filed papers against Disney claiming the entertainment giant failed in its duty of care. A Disney spokeswoman said there was no "merit" in the legal action. Rebecca, who was a youth worker on the ship, was last seen on 22 March 2011 at 05:45 GMT, when CCTV footage showed her making a phone call to a friend from the staff quarters. The alarm was raised four hours later when she failed to turn up for the start of her shift. Lawsuit
March 26 Maasdam
Holland America Line
CDC reports 65 of 1096 passengers (5.93%) and 8 of 569 crew (1.41%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Three CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers will board the ship on arrival in Ft. Lauderdale on March 28, 2014 to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on a 26 day cruise. Illness
March 25 Port of Southhampton Daily Echo reports hundreds of passengers ended up trapped in carparks after gridlock struck at Southampton's cruise terminals this morning. The chaos began when holidaymakers disembarked from two cruise ships. Some have reported they have been stuck in the car park for the last two hours waiting to leave Ocean Terminal. According to Southampton Cruise Parking Services the problem was a result of two cruise ships - the Oriana and the Aidasol - docking close to each other combined with road works both inside and outside of the port. Although traffic was moving, exiting the car parks was particularly slow due to the impact of the road works. Passenger Jean Parker from Chandlers Ford returned from a 12-day trip to the Arctic Circle with P&O Cruises with her husband only to find Southampton had ground to a halt. She said: “We have all been standing here for 90 minutes waiting to get out of the car park. It's an absolute standstill. We have moved one car length. We're all just sitting here at Ocean terminal. No comment was available from Associated British Ports. Gridlock at port
March 24 Navigator of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Sydney Morning Herald reports an elderly Chilean cruise ship passenger with a medical condition has gone missing in Adelaide. Jorge Sepulveda, who speaks very little English, disembarked from The Voyager of the Seas cruise ship on Sunday morning to tour the city. Police say he was expected to return no later than 5.30pm Adelaide time and was last seen in Rundle Mall two hours earlier. Nine News subsequently the man had been found the next day. Arrangements are being made for him to travel to Perth where his cruise is scheduled to end. Pax lost & found on shore
March 23 Bahamas Celebration
Celebration Cruise Line
Palm Beach Post reports a 30-year-old man is facing federal drug charges after authorities say he smuggled cocaine and heroin from the Bahamas to Palm Beach County. Adrian Bradley Trench was arrested Thursday and faces federal charges of importation of more than 500 grams of cocaine and importation of more than100 grams of heroin. On Thursday, he arrived at the Port of Palm Beach where U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers tried to inspect him as he got off the ship through the crew gangway. Officers asked Trench for his CBP I-95 form, which allows the crewman’s landing. Trench said he forgot it in his room and ran back toward the vessel. Officers told him several times to stop, and he was apprehended. As officers gave Trench a pat-down, they noticed two packages wrapped around Trench’s calves. One package contained 1,043 grams of cocaine — about 2.25 pounds — and the other contained 674 grams of heroin, or about 1.5 pounds, the complaint says. Trench admitted he knew he was transporting drugs and said while he was expecting to be paid some amount of money, he wasn’t sure how much. Drug bust
March 23 Multiple ships KXAN News reports the Caribbean Princess is stuck in port while crews cleanup an oil spill in the channel leading to Galveston and Houston. It is unknown when the ship will be able to depart. At the same time, Coast Guard officials made arrangements to bring Carnival Magic and Navigator of the Seas into the isle port to disembark passengers (about 11 hours later than scheduled). A passenger told KXAN the captain said if they don’t leave port by Monday, they could consider letting passengers off the ship if they wish. For now, passengers are stuck onboard. Carnival Truiumph arrived in Galveston on March 24. The ships are not able to depart at least through Tuesday, March 25.UPDATE:RCI canceled the Navigator of the Seas cruise. The other three ships departed Tuesday afternoon on shortened itineraries. Delays -- stuck in port
March 20 Ship unnamed
Carnival Cruise Lines
Turks and Caicos Weekly News reports a passenger was captured on film jumping over the railing and into TCI’s turquoise waters recently. The unnamed man, who said he could not resist the beautiful ocean, was quickly detained by Turks and Caicos Islands authorities and sent home. An entertainment news station called Right This Minute managed to get hold of the footage that was filmed on the man’s personal waterproof camera, and exposed his act. The video showed him jumping into the clear water and he looked delighted as he floated about before swimming for shore. The news station explained that police brought the man back onto the ship but he was kicked off again and sent home without a refund. He was banned from holidaying on any Carnival Cruise Lines ships again. The video can be watched here www.rightthisminute.com/video/jumping-ship-puts-man-no-cruise-list. Pax jumps overboard in port
March 19 Maasdam
Holland America Line
The Global Dispatch and Travelers Today report a norovirus outbreak on the current cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Ft. Lauderdale, arriving on March 28. According to one passenger, "I am on the sick Holland America Maasdam which has had Noro virus ever since the departing Rio and won't be scheduled to be back in Fort Lauderdale until the end of the month. I'm getting tired of hearing the Captain blame the passengers for the spread of the disease. As a physician, I've clearly noted that the disease is passed by vectors such as cruise cards, bar staff and wait staff never washing their hands, and the tables and chairs being cleaned with the same rag. Captain it's not the passengers its your staff." ?Illness outbreak?
March 19 Adventure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Critic reports the ship has been forced to cancel two port calls after an oil loss from the ship's fixipod propulsion unit forced the shutdown of the pod. The fixipod cannot be repaired until the ship goes into dry dock March 30, though the line said the ship's next sailing should not be affected. Royal Caribbean confirmed the issue. Work on the problem necessitated the delay of the ship's departure from St. Kitts until 3 a.m. Furthermore, because engineers could not complete a permanent repair, the fixipod will remain offline until the ship goes into dry dock March 30. This will cause the ship to sail at a reduced rate of speed. The combination of the delayed departure from St. Kitts and the reduced speed has forced the ship to cancel its scheduled port calls to Aruba (March 20) and Curacao (March 21). Instead, Adventure of the Seas will visit Antigua today, St. Maarten on Thursday (staying overnight) and St. Croix on Saturday. Propulsion problems / oil leak
March 19 Costa Fascinosa
Costa Cruises
Clarin.com reports a Brazilian businessman who was found dead on the shores of Punta Lara, had been last seen on Wednesday on the cruise ship. His wife reported that the trip had been a gift from their children. The body was found by Odair Prefecture Punta Lara on Thursday, the 13th, engaged in some reeds 50 meters from the shore of the Río de la Plata between CECO and the Bachelors camping club. The passenger was shirtless and wore only a bathing suit. Pax overboard
March 10 Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Cruise Line
Ha'aretz reports Israeli tourists aboard the ship were barred from disembarking in the Port of Tunis Sunday. They were forced to remain onboard, while non-Israeli Jewish passengers were allowed off. A Jewish Canadian passenger on the ship who preferred to remain nameless told Haaretz that there were approximately 20 Israelis on the ship and that at first, no one knew they were denied entry because "the ship kept it a secret." They only found out because some had become friendly with a few Israelis on board. "We met with the captain twice and his story kept up that he was waiting for instructions from head office in Miami... We told him he was making a political statement by not allowing the Israelis to leave the ship and he said it was out of his hands. We reminded him that he was the captain," the passenger said, adding that a "handful" of them decided to remain on board. He said they were told there were more Israelis on the MSC Line ship that was docked next to them in Tunis. According to a report in Algemeiner, B'nai Brith Canada issued a statement criticizing the operator NCL for failing to notify passengers ahead of time that they were not welcome on Tunisian soil by the government. Update: NCL has subsequently announced it will cease further calls to Tunis. Israeli pax not allowed to disembark
March 10 Magnifica
MSC Cruises
A Tribuna reports the ship's departure from Santos is delayed. While the ship performed the undocking maneuver, a tether ( rope used to attach the ship to the pier ) tangled in a propeller . The operation was canceled and divers were deployed to try to solve the problem. A spokesperson for the MSC merely siad that the vessel encountered "technical- operational" problems. It is unclear how long the delay will be. Delayed departure - technical issue
March 8 Discovery
Cruise and Maritime Voyages
Shetland News reports the ship canceled its call at Lerwick. Gale force winds and huge seas in the northern North Sea made the captain rerouting her voyage from Stavanger further to the south. The Discovery is instead expected to call at Kirkwall, in Orkney, on Sunday. However, the ship is still scheduled to call at Lerwick on Thursday, marking the start of what looks to become a busy cruise liner season. Missed port call
March 7 Costa Classica
Costa Cruises
Hamburger Abendblatt reports a 70 year old male German passenger has gone overboard from the ship after it sailed from Casablanca, Morocco en route to Madiera. Pax overboard
March 6 Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: A female passenger was evacuated from the ship and flown by helicoptor to Singapore; it occurred at 3:45 am. The Captain ordered passengers from three decks near the evacuation area to leave their cabins and he made sure some ship rescue craft were ready to deploy. The helicopter lowered a doctor and a medic before lifting the stretcher. The only snag occurred when the helicopter, at first, couldn't find the ship. When that happened the crew turn on some extra beacon lights. The ship sailed at a slower speed all during the evacuation. Cabins evacuated during medical evacuation
March 5 Bahamas Celebration
Celebration Cruise Line
Palm Beach Post reports a man’s vacation quickly ended Sunday morning when federal agents found child pornography on his computer. The ship came into the Port of Palm Beach on Sunday around 7:30 a.m; Border protection agents started to inspect passengers and their luggage and when they inspected the man’s they found an Acer laptop. Agents asked him to punch in his password to unlock the laptop. They found a folder containing several images and videos of child pornography. According to the criminal complaint, he admitted that he downloaded the images and he knew child pornography is considered illegal. Passenger arrested with child porn
March 3 Oriana
P&O Cruises
The Daily Echo reports the ship left Southampton more than 12 hours late for its North Cape cruise. Though not stated, it is assumed the problem was with the propeller that was being repared following the previous cruise, which ended three days early. Late departure
March 3 Oriana
P&O Cruises
The Daily Echo reports the ship returned to Southampton with 57 passengers suffering from gastrointestinal illness. Illness outbreak
February 27 Unknown

The Australian reports a British passenger will face court after she allegedly attempted to smuggle 1.5 litres of liquid cocaine in a lava lamp. The woman, 22, was stopped by customs officers at White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney on Tuesday after disembarking from a cruise ship from New Caledonia. Initial tests on liquid inside a lava lamp returned positive results for cocaine and triggered a response from a customs dog. If found guilty, the woman faces a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $850,000.

Drug bust
Febraury 27 Costa Pacifica
Costa Cruises
Il Messaggero reports dozens of passengers, probably infected with the virus that causes measles, were disembarked in the afternoon from a cruise ship docked in the port of Civitavecchia. According to what has been learned travelers, including many Italian and foreign tourists were on board the Costa Pacifica. At least 9 people were hospitalized at the hospital Spallanzani in Rome, but others , from the port were transferred to hospitals in the capital and Orbetello . Along with the passengers, 59 crew members wer disembarked. Given that measles has an incubation period of 7 to 21 days, the number effected will likely be much higher. Measles outbreak
February 26 Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
Cruise Critic reports as Fiji prepares for heavy rain and a possible category one cyclone to hit, the ship has been rerouted in order to avoid the system. Four Fijian ports have been canceled as a result. Sun Princess will bypass Port Denarau, Suva, Savusavu and Dravuni Island and call instead on two ports in Vanuatu and two in New Caledonia. Passengers will receive a refund for port fees and taxes, as well as for any shore excursions booked through Princess. Port calls canceled (weather)
February 26 Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Cruise Line
TV 10 News reports an antique military compass triggered a security alarm that forced the evacuation of a Port of Miami terminal Wednesday morning. The Miami-Dade Police Department bomb unit was called to Terminal B after a disembarking cruise ship passenger caused an alert from security instruments. While passengers of the Norwegian Pearl remained on the ship, the terminal was evacuated while police and hazardous materials crew investigated. After it was determined that the compass caused the alert, the area was deemed safe and the terminal was reopened. The end result was an inconvenience for some cruise ship passengers who had no choice but to wait until it was all over. HazMat scare - disembarkation halted
February 26 Azamara Journey
Azamara Club Cruises
USA Today reports the current cruise in Asia is being cut short due to propeller damage caused by debris, the cruise line said. The ships was sailing towards Tokyo yesterday when "the ship noticed an unusual vibration." Further inspection showed one of the ship's two propellers had been damaged by debris. "The ship is now traveling at a reduced speed to Kyoto (Osaka), and will arrive on Friday, February 28. Due to the required repairs, we regrettably must end the current voyage in Kyoto (Osaka)," according to the company. The next scheduled voyage of the ship, out of Shanghai on Monday, might also be impacted. Passengers on the current cruise will remain on the ship in Kyoto until Sunday, when they will be flown to Shanghai, where the cruise was originally scheduled to end on Monday, the line said. The ship departed Hong Kong, China, on Monday, February 17, with port calls to Xiamen, China; Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan; Ishigaki, Okinawa, Tokyo and Kyoto (Osaka) Japan. Guests on the disrupted cruise will receive a refund for the lost cruise days as well as a 25% credit for a future cruise, the line said. UPDATE: Travel Weekly reports the cruise scheduled for March 3 has now been canceled. Cruise cut short - mechanical problems
February 24 Carnival Miracle
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Law News, quoting Cruise Critic, reports that a passenger apparently went over her balcony railing on the Carnival Miracle during the most recent (February 15 - 22) cruise.  A poster left a message that the cruise ship turned around to begin a search for the passenger. However, it was announced that the passenger was recovered on board. She was taken to the infirmary. One passenger suggested that "the person was pushed off the balcony and the people responsible were turned over to the authorities in Cabo." Other people posting on the message board indicate that the passenger may have fallen from deck 6 to deck 4 and struck a lifeboat. Fall to lower deck
February 24 Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
G1 Globo reports public environmental officials in Brazil reportedly believe that one of three cruise ships in the area illegally discharged sewage and/or wastewater in an area off the coast near Turtle Beach.. Samples were taken from the three cruise ships which called on the city of Búzios (north of Rio de Janeiro) to compare them with contaminated water collected at the public beach.  The three cruise ships have not been identified. However, the newspaper contains a photograph of the Royal Caribbean Splendor of the Seas. The newspaper indicates that the aerial photograph was taken by Secretary of State for Environment, Indio da Costa. Discolored water was observed around the cruise ship. The Brazilian official is quoted saying (translated): "Still can not know what contaminated water, but we are almost certain that the problem was caused by the release of untreated sewage or treated irregularly by one of the ships docked in Buzios."  The health authorities closed the beach due to the polluted water.  The newspaper states that fines for polluting the waters of Brazil can reach $50 million, according to Brazil's Secretary of State for Environment. Envirornmental
February 23 Veendam
Holland America Line
CDC reports 114 of 1273 passengers (8.96%) and 10 of 575 crew (1.74%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer and an epidemiologist will board the ship on arrival in Ft. Lauderdale on February 22, 2014 to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on a 14 day cruise. Illness
February 22 Oriana
P&O Cruises
The Daily Echo reports the ship will be returning to port three days earlier than planned after propeller problems forced the trip to be cut short. P&O Cruises said it needed to carry out vital repairs to one of Oriana’s two propeller shaft seals. Now holidaymakers will have the choice of spending their final three nights on board the vessel docked in Southampton, or go home early. Customers will have the choice of receiving a credit of 100 per cent of their current cruise to use on a future Oriana cruise in 2014 or 2015, or a 40 per cent cash refund. Bosses of the liner say the extent of the damage is not yet known but an underwater inspection by specialist divers will take place while the ship is docked in Tenerife today. After docking in Fuerteventura the ship will begin its journey back to Southampton and will arrive on Wednesday. Engine problems - cruise ends 3 days early
February 22 Carnival Victory
Carnival Cruise Lines
Inside Edition reports a 28 year old woman says she was brutally raped on board a Carnival cruise ship last year. She said it was two Carnival crew members who allegedly held her down in their cabin and raped her, repeatedly.  “One of the thoughts that kept going through my head was 'my God,' they're going to throw me overboard and no one is ever going to find me,” she said. She went to security and told them she was attacked. The crew members say the sex was consensual. She admits that she was drinking a lot that night; and she doesn't remember how she even ended up in their cabin. But she says the sex was not consensual. “It was not consensual. I was violently raped. I thought they were going to kill me,” she said with tears streaming down her face. Rape by two crew members
February 20 Discovery
Cruise and Maritime Voyages
This is the West Country reports the ship has been diverted to Falmouth after a small leak in the hull was discovered when she was enroute to Avonmouth from the Mediterranean. With the aid of two tugs Discovery berthed on County Wharf where divers examined the hull. Underwater repairs to the hull are underway and the ship is expected to sail on Friday. Leak in hull - towed to port
February 20 Infinity
Celebrity Cruises
A poster at Facebook reports that as the ship was preparing to leave the Falkland Islands the oil tanker came beside the ship and collided, damaging a lifeboat. The lifeboat was removed from the ship and left in the Falklands for repairs. As well, repairs of the ship continued (welding etc) until after 12:30AM. The delay has effected the ship's itinerary. Collision - damage of lifeboat
February 18 Oriana
P&O Cruises
Cruise Critic reports the ship is missing a port of call in the Canary Islands after being slowed by a 'technical issue,' according to the line. The 1,800-passenger, 69,000-ton vessel was due to arrive at La Palma on Thursday, February 20, but instead the ship will spend extra time at Madeira and then cruise to the sister Canary Island of Gran Canaria, arriving slightly later than scheduled on Friday, February 21. Oriana, which mainly caters for British passengers, left Southampton on Saturday, February 15, on a 14-night itinerary to Madeira, the Spanish islands and Portugal. The ship is sailing at reduced speed due to an overheating shaft bearing.
Delayed by technical issue (engine problems)
February 17 Seabourn Odyssey
Seabourn Cruises
Timaru Herald reports the ship was due to berth in Timaru at 6.30am but thick fog has delayed her arrival. She was waiting off the coast for the fog to lift, and passengers were expected to disembark about 12.30pm. Originally she was due to sail for Port Chalmers at 4.30pm. Fog delay
February 16 Norwegian Star
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Vessel Sanitation Program reports the ship failed its sanitation inspection with a score of 82. Failed health inspection
February 15 Nieuw Amsterdam
Holland America Line
Cruise Critic reports a crewmember assaulted a woman early Friday morning. She is in stable condition, according to the line. Holland America says the assailant is under guard on the ship. Holland America released this statement: "A 31-year-old female U.S. citizen on board ms Nieuw Amsterdam was assaulted by a crewmember in her cabin early this morning. The female guest was cared for in the ship's hospital and was in stable condition prior to disembarking the ship today in Roatan, Honduras, for air transfer back to the U.S." The crewmember was placed under guard where he will remain until remanded to authorities. The FBI and other appropriate authorities were notified. A thorough investigation is in progress. The ship is on a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise which departed on Feb. 9, sailing roundtrip Fort Lauderdale." The Sun-Sentinel reports the cruise worker confessed to raping a passenger and trying to throw her overboard from her stateroom balcony, claiming the Valentine's Day assault was revenge for an alleged slight, authorities said Tuesday. The vicious attack happened on a Holland America cruise ship that departed from Port Everglades, according to court records. The worker, Ketut Pujayasa, 28, was quickly detained on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam and arrested by the FBI when the ship returned to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday. The victim told investigators that her attacker appeared with no warning inside her darkened stateroom in the middle of the night, raped, beat, punched and strangled her and then tried to throw her from the balcony into the ocean in international waters somewhere off the coast of Roatan, Honduras. The woman, who is from the U.S. but was identified only by her initials in court records, said she lost consciousness at least once during the assault and firmly believed her attacker was trying to kill her. Pujayasa, an Indonesian citizen employed as a room service attendant for Holland America, claimed he was punishing the woman because he believed she had insulted him and his family, according to FBI agents who interviewed him. Pax raped by crew member; planned to throw her overboard
February 14 Marco Polo
Cruise and Maritime Voyages
ITV reports a passenger has died after the ship was hit by a freak wave in the English Channel today. The wave battered the ship as it headed for its home port of Tilbury in Essex at the end of a 42-night voyage. Water crashed through a window injuring a number of the 735 passengers, who were mainly British (four windows were broken out). An 85-year-old male passenger and a woman passenger in her 70s were airlifted off the ship. The male passenger later died. In addition, 12 passengers were injured. Passenger sexually death
February 14 Unknown Jamaica Observer reports a 67 year old man has been reported missing since February 13. The Falmouth Police in Trelawny report that he disembarked a vessel at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier about 4:00 pm and headed to an undisclosed location.  Passenger missing ashore
February 14 Oceana
P&O Cruises
Cruise Critic reports the ship has been forced to delay its scheduled departure from the UK port of Southampton today after the Met Office issued gale warnings for the UK. It will remain docked in Southampton at Ocean Terminal and sail tomorrow morning (February 15), according to the line. A statement from the line said: "We are looking at the itinerary but any impact will be minimal. Compensation will not be awarded in this instance, as our change to the itinerary is due to the adverse weather conditions currently being experienced in the UK and in the Atlantic. The safety of our passengers and crew remains the Captain's priority at all times." Delayed departure
February 13 Thomson Celebration
Thomson Cruises
Gazette Live reports an elderly Teesside couple were brutally assaulted by a fellow holidaymaker. The couple were attacked while travelling aboard the Thomson Celebration from Tenerife on the Colourful Coasts itinerary. Cleveland Police have confirmed they are investigating a “serious unprovoked assault” although no arrest has yet been made. The assault, which happened late last month, left the woman with serious spinal injuries and her husband with serious facial injuries. The pair, who have not been officially named, were treated at Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital. A spokeswoman from Cleveland Police said: “On February 1, Cleveland Police received a report of a serious unprovoked assault on an elderly couple from the Cleveland force area whilst on board a cruise ship at the end of January. "The man received serious facial injuries and the woman suffered spinal injuries requiring hospital treatment. “We are liaising with the holiday company and inquiries to identify the suspect are ongoing.” Couple assaulted
February 11 Oceana
P&O Cruises
From a passenger: the ship is currently returning back to Southampton from Madeira and has been diverted to Vigo due to a urgent medical emergency onboard. The decision to divert was made last night and the ship will reach Vigo within the next hour. Passengers have been informed that this should not delay their scheduled arrival in Southampton on Thursday morning. Diversion
February 10 Carnival Valor
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic reports a cabin fire delayed the ship's departure from St. Thomas by a couple of hours Monday. The fire broke out in a cabin on deck 8 while the ship was docked in St. Thomas. The ship's sprinkler system put out the fire quickly, and hotel and safety systems functioned as normal. Passengers in the affected cabin were relocated, and nearby cabins are being aired out. One passener writes, "No power at lido buffet and still have not left port and we are an hour late. Some aft stairwells have been blocked off and aft elevators are not operating." The ship, which was scheduled to depart at 5 p.m., left St. Thomas just before 8. It's expected to arrive as scheduled to Barbados, at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Valor was on the second day of a seven-night sailing. Fire
February 10 Multiple ships Cruise Critic reports that fog in Galveston has delayed the departure and arrival of several ships. Fog delays
February 9 Splendor of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
G1 Globo News reports a 47 year old Brazilian man died early Friday (7) after falling into the sea. The ship was in Uruguay when the incident occurred. The ship docked at the Port of Santos (at the end of a seven day cruise), on the coast of São Paulo, Sunday (9). Police are investigating the case and believe in the possibility of suicide.
According to witnesses, the man had thrown himself overtboard while wearing his lifesaving vest. Ship passengers who disembarked at the Port of Santos on Sunday claim the ship searched for the body and managed to locate the victim at sea. The captain immediately stopped the ship and notified the Uruguayan Coast Guard. NOTE: Thanks to Cruise Law News for alerting me to this incident.
Pax overboard
February 9 Constellation
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Fever reports the ship lost power on Sunday morning (February 9, 2014) after docking in Key West, Florida. Power went out at approximately 7:15 a.m. and came back on 90 minutes later at 8:45 a.m. This comes less than 2 months after the same ship had engine problems which caused the ship to stay overnight in Key West. During the power outage, the toilets did not work, there was no running water, and the elevators were out. The staff onboard the Constellation was able to serve hot coffee to the passengers as well as a basic breakfast. Also, the staff was selling bottled water (tacky, or what?) as the passengers ate breakfast. Emergency lights came on in the hallways during the outage. The captain made an announcement after the power came back on. He said that they were having a few problems, but said that the power outage was not caused from a fire. Loss of power
February 9 Black Watch
Fred Olsen Cruises
Belfast Telegraph reports the ship has been forced to stop near the tip of South America (50 miles north of Cape Horn) after suffering mechanical problems, its owners said. The ship, which set-sail from Southampton on January 14, has anchored off Chile while its steering gear is fixed. The ship's next port of call is Valparaiso in Chile, where it is expected to arrive on February 15. Steering problems
February 8 Aida Luna
AIda Cruises
Cruise Law News reports a cruise passenger was murdered while ashore in Venezuela's Margarita island. The international press reports that "a gunman shot dead an elderly (76 year old) German tourist on Venezuela's Margarita island," in the latest incident "illustrating the country's rampant crime." A German cruise blog explains that the cruise tourist had gone ashore on an excursion from the Carnival owned Aida Luna cruise ship. The crime occurred at a tourist shop in a shopping center. The El Universal newspaper says that two armed robbers on a motorcycle tried to rob the tourists. A struggle ensued and Mr. Kurt was shot and killed. Pax murdered ashore
February 6 Costa Victoria
Costa Cruises

South China Morning Post reports hundreds of disgruntled passengers refused to leave a cruise liner upon their return from Vietnam on Thursday morning, after a half-day local tour was cancelled during their trip. The tourists were protesting onboard the ship Costa Victoria, now berthed at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui after their six-day tour ended, to demand compensations from their travel agency. Tour operator Miramar Travel has promised to pay each of the about 1,000 passengers a HK$300 compensation while the cruise company agrees to pay US$50 as compensation per room. But some passangers rejected the offer. When the cruise returned to Tsim Sha Tsui around 6am, some 300 of them refused to disembark, demanding a refund of 70 per cent of the cost of their package, which ranged from HK$8,000 to HK$18,000. Chanting slogans, they demanded to meet senior management from Miramar Travel. They also complain the ship stopped fresh-water supply after it was berthed. By 11.30am, the protest is still ongoing. The ship is now berthed at Ocean Terminal, with about 340 passengers left on board – some 80 from Macau and the rest are local Hong Kong tourists. The protesting passengers claim many Taiwanese and mainland tourists have accepted compensation reluctantly because they have to leave to catch the connecting flights. Police have been called in. UPDATE: The protest continued for 17 hours, until 11:00PM causing the next cruise to be delayed. There is a followup story here.

Pax Protest - Refuse to disembark
February 5 Black Watch
Fred Olsen Cruises
The Sunderland Echo reports a Sunderland journalist is suspected to have drowned after going overboard from a cruise ship in South America. Bob Horn, aged 69, had been on an Atlantic cruise with his brother when he is believed to have fallen from the liner shortly after a visit to Montevideo in Uruguay. A passenger has since written: Friday January 31, 2014 someone jumped overboard off Fred. Olsen's Black Watch when it was enroute to Montevideo from Rio. Passengers and crew were well aware of this because the ship turned around and sent the rescue boat out to collect the body although they were unable to do so. Why has this not been reported anywhere? Can Fred. Olsen really keep this a secret? Pax overboard
February 4 Starlite Atlantic
Roble Shipping
The Philippine News Agency report a passenger of a roll on, roll off (RoRo) vessel went missing after jumping off at mid-sea on Romblon waters. The ferry was sailing around 3:30 a.m. on Monday somewhere in the vicinity of Carabao Island off mainland Romblon when 27-year-old Adonis Rocio jumped off. Following the incident, the crew members immediately conducted tedious search and rescue operations but their effort to find the missing passenger proved futile. They sought the help of PCG-Caticlan which scoured the seas in the vicinity of Carabao Island. Passengers aboard were stranded at mid-sea for almost two hours after the ship decided to drop anchor to find Rocio who is a resident of Cotabato Street, Bago Bantay, Quezon City. The Starlite Atlantic was on its way to Caticlan jetty port in Malay, Aklan. The Ro-Ro vessel arrived at Caticlan jetty port early Monday with majority of passengers on their way to Iloilo. Pax ovverboard
February 3 Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Cruise Line
Fox News reports a 4-year-old child died after being pulled unresponsive from a swimming pool on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the coast of North Carolina on Monday, cruise line and Coast Guard officials said. Crew members were able to revive a 6-year-old boy also found in the pool. He was airlifted to a hospital, where his condition was unknown. The two children were found in the morning on the Norwegian Breakaway, the cruise line said in an announcement on its Facebook page. The statement did not give the ages of the children, but Coast Guard Petty Officer Adam SanSoucie said they were 4 and 6. An emergency medical team on the ship gave both children CPR, but the younger child died, the cruise line's statement said. The older child, a boy, was airlifted with his grandmother and a nurse to a hospital, the company said. It did not identify the gender of the younger child. Child drowns
February 2 Oriana
P&O Cruises
From a reader:The ship was 2 hours late sailing from Southampton on evening of Wednesday 29/01/2014 as a result of a failure of the P.A. system! Two days later whilst at sea en-route Lisbon at noon on Friday 31/01/2014 an emergency signal was sounded because some rubbish had caught fire onboard. Crew were called to emergency stations but not passengers. All food areas were closed. All clear sounded after 30/40 minutes. Delay / Fire
February 1 Costa Concordia
Costa Cruises
ABCNews (Australia) a Spanish diver died on Saturday during work to salvage the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which capsized off the Italian island of Giglio two years ago. The diver worked for the Spanish company UCS (Underwater Contractors Spain) and was involved in an underwater operation when the incident occurred, said an official at Titan Micoperi, the company in charge of the salvage work. Divers are working to attach 30 massive tanks filled with air to the liner so that it can be lifted off the seabed in June and towed away to be dismantled. Worker death
January 31 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
KATC reports the ship lost power for eight minutes after an electrical breaker failed. Carnival says the loss of power affected ventilation in the ship's incinerator, sending smoke into limited areas of three decks. Carnival officials say no fires broke out on the ship as a result of the electrical outage. Family members of a person on the ship tell KATC that their relative is still on the deck waiting for the smoke to clear. Cruise Law News reports hearing that the power loss was as long as an hour or two. One person said the power was out for almost one hour. A second person said there was considerable confusion with the crew telling them to put on their life jackets and go to the muster station while other crew members told them to take their life vests off and report to the Lido deck. A third person said that the outage was 1 to 2 hours and there was substantial confusion. A fourth person said the power was out for one hour but the crew handled the situation well. Another person said there was burnt and frazzled wiring which caused the smoke. Carnival said yesterday that it was just some smoke from an incinerator.  Loss of Power
January 30 Caribbean Princess
Princess Cruises
Houston Chronicle reports the ship will return 36 hours early because of an illness outbreak. According to the CDC 181 of 3102 passengers (5.8%) and 11 of 1148 crew (0.96%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers will board the ship in Houston, TX on January 31 and February 1, 2014 to conduct an epidemiologic investigation, environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on a seven day cruise. NOTE: There had been reported increased illness on the ship two weeks before (see below). UPDATE: KTRK reports Princess Cruises said: "Caribbean Princess is being forced to return to Houston one day early because we were informed that dense fog is expected to close the port for much of the weekend, and we are mindful of our passengers' safety and comfort, as well as the disruption the port's closing will have on their onward travel plans. This has, unfortunately, necessitated the cancellation of the scheduled call to Belize. The seven-day cruise, which departed January 25, is sailing on a Western Caribbean itinerary, also calling at Cozumel and Roatan ... Simultaneously, onboard the current sailing, Caribbean Princess has experienced an increase in the number of cases of gastroenteritis among passengers" Illness / Canceled port call
January 30 Caribbean Princess
Princess Cruises
Seattle Times reports Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise operator, said the U.S. Justice Department joined a U.K. investigation into whether its Caribbean Princess ship violated international pollution laws. Carnival is cooperating with the probe and is also conducting an inquiry of its own, according to a filing today. The U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency had initiated an investigation on Aug. 28, the Miami-based company said in a separate filing last year. Environmental
January 29 Constellation
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Law News reports a crew member went overboard from a cruise ship sailing off of the coast of Mexico. Crew member Inyoman Bagiada, age 45, reportedly disappeared from the Celebrity Constellation at around 2:30 AM today, according to a press release by the U.S. Coast Guard. The ship was returning from Cozumel, Mexico, to Port Everglades, Florida, after a five-day cruise. The incident reportedly occurred between Mexico and Cuba. Crew overboard
January 28 Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: The following is the official statement from the ship's Captain: "We wish to inform you of a change to our scheduled itinerary. Former employees of a closed fishery are planning to strike in Puerto Madryn today. We have been advised that they will allow passengers and tours to the tour area, but will prevent passengers and tours from returning to the ship. As the safety and security of our passengers and crew is our highest priority, we have decided to cancel our call to Puerto Madryn. Instead, Golden Princess will now sail directly to Montevideo where we will arrive at 12 noon on Wednesday....." Missed port
January 27 Ocean Princess
Princess Cruises
The Vessel Sanitation Program reports the ship failed its sanitation inspection with a score of 81. Failed health inspection
January 26 Splendor of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Empress
Pullmantur Cruises
G1 Globo reports a storm scared the passengers and crew late on Thursday ( 23rd). The ship passed through the channel of the River Plata between Argentina and Uruguay. Passengers disembarked on Sunday morning (26th ) at the Port of Santos, on São Paulo coast, and reported to G1 moments of apprehension. Because of rain, accompanied by strong gale, dozens of dishes and bottles also broke on the ship (the ship tilted 7 - 10 degrees). The broadcaster Pacific Natália Alves was one of the passengers who was in the restaurant area when the ship tilted. "What we saw impressed more than the actual situation. Had water running down the stairs. Many beverages fell to the ground. And it all happened because the wind was too strong. More than rain. Was shocking," he says. The captain said the vessel tilted seven degrees. A similar story is told by pasengers aboard the Pullmantur ship. The newspaper article includes pictures. Stormy seas
January 26 Veendam
Holland America Line
Cruise Critic reports that due to a medical emergency that required a medical evacuation, the ship will arrive in Hawaii on Tuesday -- one day late. Passengers will miss a planned call on Hilo on Monday, and they're slated to arrive later than scheduled in Honolulu, Tuesday's planned port of call. Missed Port
January 25 Carnival Miracle
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: my wife and I sailed from LA to the Mexican Riviera on a 6-day cruise between January 12th and 18th. On that cruise she got extremely sick with what was later diagnosed as a lower GI infection, and as the cruise progressed at least 40-50 other passengers got really sick. While Carnival refunded our planned Puerto Vallarta shore excursion they refused to refund even a portion of the all-you-can-drink alcohol pass that we purchased, even though my wife was too sick to even drink alcohol for half of the cruise. Carnival did not charge us for my wife's two visits to the ship's infirmary too, and on our 2nd visit my wife saw a computerized list of passengers on sick restrictions that was more than a single webpage in length. We also made an unscheduled stop on our way back to LA from Puerto Vallarta when an older male passenger had to be evacuated at Cabo. That stop was on Thursday, January 16th, which was supposed to be a "fun day at sea". Illness
January 25 Ruby Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: Jan 20, 2014 -- We were on our way back from shopping in Cozumel, just going thru the security, when all the security guys started running up the dock, towards the ship. A passenger ended up in the water, he fell off the long dock! He was floating on his back, they threw a life preserver to him and then guided him to the ladder, but he could not get up, he was exhausted and started drifting under the dock, so one guy got down the ladder and grabbed him, but could not get him to the ladder so another guy(security) jumped in and together they hauled him up. It was not easy for them, he was dead weight. They called an ambulance, but he declined and instead they got him in a wheelchair. People coming back from the beach gave them their towels for him, then they wheeled him unto the ship to the medical. We have since seen him around the ship, seemed to survive just fine. Fall from dock
January 25 Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
CDC reports 281 of 3050 passengers (9.21%) and 22 of 1165 crew (1.15%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer and an epidemiologist will board the ship in St. Thomas, USVI on January 26, 2014 to conduct an epidemiologic investigation, environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. Specimens are being collected and will be sent to the CDC lab for testing. The ship is on a ten day cruise, beginning January 21 and ending January 31. It had departed Cape Liberty, New Jersey on January 21 for a scheduled 10-day cruise to the island of St. Maarten, which included scheduled stops in Haiti and Puerto Rico. UPDATE: CNN reports the ship will return two days early after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness, the cruise line said Sunday. According to the CDC, 634 of the 3,050 passengers (20.6%) and 55 of 1,165 crew members (4.7%) have reported being ill. Illness
January 21 Norwegian Star
Norwegian Cruise Line
CDC reports 130 of 2318 passengers (5.61%) and 12 of 1039 crew (1.15%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and an epidemiologist boarded the ship on arrival in Miami, Florida on January 19, 2014 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. Specimens were sent to the CDC lab for testing. The ship was on a 14 day cruise ending January 19. Illness
January 20 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
Bali Discovery Tours reports a 21-year-old Balinese man working as a crew member diedon Deember 23, 2013 just days after joining the ship's crew on December 6, 2013. The young man was said to be diligent in calling or texting his family and girlfriend on a daily basis, contact that suddenly stopped on December 21, 2013, when he told his family he had developed a cough. Two days later on December 23, 2104 a manager from Carnival Cruise Lines telephoned the Barsiana's mother to advise her son had died in his crew cabin. According to NusaBali, the crewman’s family has received no further details in connection with the circumstances or cause of their son’s death. Crew death (unexplained)
January 19 Carnival Magic
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Law News reports they received the following information from a passenger on the Carnival Magic returning to port in Galveston: "We sit outside the harbor in the fog this morning. Last night the coast guard had to airlift a passenger for medical reasons and yesterday morning we had a fire. Deck 11 forward. The crew says it was not a fire but hot electrical. Smoke was coming down to other decks, there is water and wet floors up there so they can call it what they want . . . Pic of the chopper attached." Passengers are now disembarking from the cruise ship. Carnival responded: "On Saturday morning aboard the Carnival Magic, there was a smell of smoke reported along a guest corridor. The issue was identified as an overheated electrical component within an air conditioning vent located within a guest stateroom. There was no fire. The issue has since been fixed. Guests were kept apprised of the situation with announcements over the ship’s public address system and shipboard staff were positioned in the area where the smoke was reported to advise guests and answer any questions." Smoke/fire
January 18 Seadream I Seadream Yacht Club The Vessel Sanitation Program reports the ship failed its sanitation inspection with a score of 83. Failed health inspection
January 18 Majesty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
WSVN News reports the ship arrived at PortMiami with 68 people experiencing an illness thought to be norovirus, according to the cruise line. Royal Caribbean released a statement Friday that said several people onboard the cruise ship began to experience a gastrointestinal illness believed to be norovirus. Over the course of the five day sailing, 66 out of 2,581 guests and two out of 844 crew members experienced the illness. Illness
January 18 Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
New Zealand Herald reports high winds and a critical time schedule revolving around tides led to the cruise liner Dawn Princess bypassing Napier yesterday. The ship had been scheduled to tie up at Napier Port just before 6am - and was set to be the first of three liners arriving over three days. But Napier Port senior pilot Captain Trevor Morrison said the captain of the liner had been concerned over reports of high westerly winds sweeping the Bay as well as possible rising southwesterly winds later in the day. He was also aware that the ship needed to stick closely to its scheduled 2pm departure time to keep to the tide schedule for its next destination, Tauranga. The Dawn Princess had sailed from Wellington. The cancellation was a blow for tourism operators who had bookings arranged. One tourism operator said the industry effectively worked on the basis that up to 10 per cent of scheduled cruise ship arrivals could be cancelled in a season. The non-arrival brought to four the number of liners that had, due to weather and rescheduling, bypassed Napier since the start of the cruise season in October. Missed port call
January 17 ASEAN Raider Passenger ferry Asia One reports the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is conducting a search-and-rescue operation after a man had fallen overboard from a passenger ferry about 4km South-east of Kusu Island in the Singapore Strait on Thursday at about 7.30pm. According to a statement issued by MPA, the Singapore-flagged ferry "ASEAN Raider 2" was en route from Singapore's Regional Ferry Terminal (Harbour Front), to Batu Ampar, Batam, Indonesia when the incident happened. Two MPA craft, one Police Coast Guard craft and one Republic of Singapore Navy patrol vessel are currently involved in the search-and-rescue. MPA added that it is investigating the incident, and has issued urgent safety broadcast to vessels in the vicinity to keep a lookout and report any sightings of the missing person. Kusu Island is part of Singapore's Southern Islands cluster, which includes Sentosa, Lazarus Island, Pulau Seringat, Pulau Tekukor, Saint John's Island, and the two Sisters' Islands. Overboard
January 15 Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
New Zealand Herald reports cleaners are working to sanitise a cruise ship before the next group of passengers boards after dozens of people caught a violent stomach bug on its last voyage. The ship docked in Tauranga yesterday at the end of a cruise that began in Australia 12 days ago. It is due to leave on its next voyage from Auckland today but check-in will be delayed by about four hours while the ship is thoroughly sterilised after about 60 of 3,500 passengers and crew contracted norovirus on the latest trip. Illness
January 14 Carnival Conquest Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Critic reports just days after the U.S. State Department issued a Honduras travel warning, a family of five were robbed at gunpoint during their Roatan port of call. No one was hurt, but the incident highlights the dangers many Caribbean port calls can present. Carnival Conquest passenger Jeff Smith, his wife and three daughters were in Roatan on January 2 when a masked gunman jumped out of the bushes on a beach access road on the northeast side of the island and began shooting at the rental car Smith was driving. "My immediate reaction was to put the car in reverse and try to back down the gravel/dirt access road to distance my family from the gunman," Smith told Cruise Critic. Instead, he wrecked the car, and the gunman who had pursued the family on foot robbed them of their cash, iPhones and a camera, all while pointing his gun at either Smith or his daughters, ages 15, 14 and 8. The encounter lasted three minutes, but Smith said it is not easily forgotten, nor should it be. Cruise Law News reports on the same day, another cruise guest had a shotgun pointed at his family while on a sight-seeing guided van tour. They were also on a remote un-paved side road. Pax robbed
January 12 Caribbean Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: Caribbean Princess 1/4 - 1/11: We did not dock at the port in Roataun Honduras on 1/7 due to "severe weather" high wind and waves although we spent the day circling the island and saw another cruise ship was in the port. Also, NoroVirus Outbreak on board from from 1/8-1/11. Cabins on both sides of us had to be sanitized due the passengers being sick. Luckily we were not ill! Lastly, Disembarked 4 hours late on 1/11 due to dense fog in port. Rain, waves and sick passengers all cruise long; we wanted off the ship! Illness? / Delayed disembarkation / missed port
January 12 Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
The Morning Bulletin reports Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has ordered an investigation into the death of a passenger aboard a cruise ship. Betty Virgo, 72, died after becoming sick during a trip around New Zealand on the luxury liner Sun Princess in November 2012. Her daughter Gayle Virgo, who was also on board, has complained about the medical treatment and care her mother received in the hours before her death and the fact that her body was embalmed before an autopsy could be carried out. A spokesman for Carnival Australia, which owns Princess Cruises, rejected any suggestion of inappropriate or inadequate medical care and said all policies and procedures were followed after Mrs Virgo's death. Mr Bleijie has directed State Coroner Terry Ryan to conduct an investigation into the Gold Coast woman's death. The Courier Mail has an aricle with more details. Investigation into medical treatment
January 11 Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: high seas and winds delayed tender operations in grand Cayman on current cruise. Passengers waited in line taking up two or more decks for the line . Some waited over two hours to disembark, only to find their tours cancelled when they arrived ashore. Although cruise lines cannot control the weather, they could be more realistic with passengers instead of protecting their excursion partners. Similarly, bad weather for the ferries in Cozumel created very rocky seas for the ferry ride to the mainland from Playa del Carmen. At least a half dozen passengers vomited on that ride. No one was in formed of sea conditions for the ferry ride.. Some of us would have taken Dramamine, or worn patches or wrist bands. It was this seasoned traveller and cruiser's worst travel experience in 40 plus years of travel. No attempt was made to keep us informed or tell us of the weather conditions. They had cancelled excursions the day before. Reporting from Serenade of the Seas. delayed disembarkaton / lack of information
January 11 Caribbean Princess
Princess Cruises
From a reader: Passengers have been notified that during the current cruise there has been an increase in the number of cases of gastrointestinal illness amongst passengers caused by Norovirus. In response, we have arranged for the ship to undergo a prolonged and additional disinfection in Houston on Saturday, January 11, 2014. As a consequence, cruise check-in and embarkation will be delayed until 2:00 pm. ?Illnesss?/ Delayed embarkation
January 8

Divina
MSC Cruises

The ship missed its port call to Half Moon Cay (private island) because of sea conditions. Missed port call
January 7 Multiple ships Cruise Critic reports anumber of cruise ships have been severely delayed by the storms that continue to batter the U.K. All three of Saga Cruises' fleet have been delayed by the weather -- Saga Ruby and Saga Pearl II have been stuck in Lisbon all weekend, while Saga Sapphire was delayed leaving Southampton. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Balmoral has been in the English Channel for two days and will be forced to skip two ports of call. And P&O Cruises' Adonia came back a day early from a Mediterranean cruise, arriving yesterday instead of today to avoid the bad weather. Both Saga Ruby -- which is on its last voyage with the line -- and Saga Pearl 2 were due in to Southampton today (Tuesday 7th). However, the ships have only just left Lisbon and are now due in on Thursday evening. They will be forced to skip one port stop -- Porto -- and all passengers who have booked shore excursions will be refunded. A spokeswoman for Fred. Olsen said: "We can now confirm that Balmoral has suffered delays due to bad weather. As a result, the ports of Cadiz and Mahon have been cancelled, and Balmoral will now call into Gibraltar arriving on 10th January, and Valletta on 13th January. This allows for Balmoral to get back on schedule, and continue with the remainder of the itinerary." A spokeswoman for P&O said there will be no compensation offered as the early return was weather-related and not a significant change. Delays / missed ports
January 7 Grand Princess
Princess Cruises
San Francisco Chronicle reports acruise ship that left San Francisco for Hawaii on Saturday was delayed Tuesday as search crews scoured the ocean water for a ship worker who jumped overboard. Surveillance video showed a 35-year-old Filipino employee plunging off the vessel early Tuesday morning. The man, whose identity was not released, went overboard about halfway between San Francisco and Hilo, Hawaii. Cruise line officials believe the plunge was intentional. Crew overboard
January 3 Veendam
Holland America Line
Several passengers have reported an 88 year old woman going overboard from the ship on its return to San DIego from Mexico. To date, this has not been reported in the media. According to one passenger: her body was recovered after the incident. The FBI came aboard when the ship arrived in San Diego and conducted a 3 hour forensic investigation. According to 10 News, the Medical Examiner has ruled the death a suicide, but one passenger who watched it all told 10News there is more to the story. The witness did not want to be identified but says he saw the elderly woman climb out on her balcony and appeared to lean over the rail to jump, but when she turned around to go back inside she slipped and fell. Overboard
January 3 Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: The ship lost power for about 20 minutes at 11:52 PM. The Captain subsequently reported there had been a failure of a generator. Generator failure / power loss
January 4 Queen Mary 2
Cunard Line
Cruise Fever reports a winter storm that dumped up to 2 feet of snow on the Northeast, has delayed the Queen Mary 2 in New York City.  The cruise ship was scheduled to leave port at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 3.  Cunard released a statement saying the the ship will notthat depart before midnight and that check-in will close one hour prior to sailing. The cruise line decided to delay the departure of the ship to allow extra time for passengers who have been delayed arriving in New York. Delayed departure
January 3 Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
Cruise Critic reports the cruise ship is experiencing an outbreak of what is described as norovirus which is diminishing the cruise experience of the passengers. The primary complaint seems to be that the cruise line allegedly knew about the noro outbreak but did not tell the passengers until after the ship sailed. Earlier, on December 26th, we previously posted comments about noro virus on the Sun Princess. Here's what we received this evening: "The Sun Princess is again out in the South Pacific with about 2,000 "Guests," all of whom were boarded without advice that the ship was sailing at 'RED ALERT' levels for the NORO virus raging in the vessel. The company is clever at preserving their profits at the risk of passenger health in not advising passengers of the outbreaks until well out on the ocean. Holiday pleasures diminished, no condiments on tables, no self-service buffers, constant urgings to use expensive bottled water, very expensive medical centre visits, confined to cabins etc. etc. etc This concealment of health risks is deeply concerning and must be addressed by the industry at large right now." Illness

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